2021 Conference Call for Submissions

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In light of the current pandemic, we will be moving our 2021 Social Policy Association Annual Conference, 7-9th July, online. This year’s theme is ‘Global challenges – national social policy responses?’.  The conference invites participants to reflect on local, national and international responses to global challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic and particularly welcomes contributions which reflect on gendered, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographical differences.

Submission of papers and symposia

We invite proposals for papers and symposia (three or more papers on a particular theme) which address these issues and challenges, in connection with any area of social policy.  Papers may be comparative or focus on particular national contexts.  They may be historical or future-facing.  They may work within specific areas of policy, or across different domains.  They may address interventions, or absences of action.  As always with the SPA conference, we welcome the broadest range of focal points and approaches – but these are areas and topics which may resonate especially strongly with the overall conference theme:

  • Ageing society/ demographic change / inter-generational issues
  • COVID-19 and the ‘pandemic economy’
  • Care, social welfare and social reproduction
  • Decolonisation
  • Environmental challenges and social inequalities
  • Global social policy and development
  • Housing
  • Labour market
  • Regional/local/devolved policy in response to global challenges
  • Social policy after Brexit

For papers, abstracts should be 200-400 words. Proposals for symposia should consist of a title and 200-word outline of the aims of the symposium as well as details of the organiser, contributors, (including email addresses) and abstracts.

Submission information and key dates

We are pleased to inform you that we are now accepting abstract and symposium proposals – please click here to submit. The deadline for abstract submission is 23.59 (UK time) Wednesday 14th April.

All abstracts and symposium proposals will be reviewed by members of our Programme Committee. We will aim to inform prospective presenters by Friday 30th April 2021 (if not sooner).